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Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 7 - Guess the Giallo Grooves

Friday, 30 December, 2016

Movie Matters [Music]

With 2016 finally drawing to a close we would like to wish each and every one of our loyal listeners a very Happy New Year! Recorded earlier this year and saved for this celebratory occasion we invite you to enjoy the return of Movie Matters [Music]: our spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate. To begin Volume 7, Lee Howard plays quizmaster and challenges co-hosts Michael Mackenzie and Dan Sardella to a “Guess the Giallo Grooves” game, how many can you answer correctly? The trio then curate a grab bag of tracks chosen by themselves as well as featuring a number of long overdue listener soundtrack requests (many thanks to Phil Walsh, Bryan McGrath, Wilson McLachlan and Tony Black).

Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 7 - Guess the Giallo Grooves

As is our custom, we’ve deliberately omitted the track listing from this post in an attempt to keep the soundtrack choices a surprise. On that note, beware of reading the “links for reference” below if you do not wish to see any potential spoilers. However, for those curious, please refer to our dedicated Movie Matters [Music] Discography list on LetterBoxd. This ongoing list will be updated with the full track and composer information should you wish to seek out and purchase the full scores.

We extend a special thank you to Focus on Film’s Dan Sardella, for composing and creating our all-new dedicated Movie Matters [Music] Intro and Outro themes as well as editing this episode for us.

Remember, we’d love for you to get in touch – moviematterspodcast@gmail.com – and let us know your thoughts on this episode/the film music we featured. Moreover, why not request a track you’d like to hear on a future Movie Matters [Music] instalment? Please include details of the composer, the track name, the film/soundtrack the piece is from and most importantly why you like it.

So settle in with a beverage and a comfy pair of headphones, count down the demise of 2016 with some fine film music and commentary with your friends at Movie Matters. We raise a glass with you, to 2017 and the films and film scores to come. Happy New Year!

Movie Matters #41 - Halloween Special VII

Sunday, 30 October, 2016

Movie Matters Podcast

It’s that special time of the year once again as the Movie Matters Podcast rises from the coffin for its seventh annual Halloween special. Lee Howard, Michael Mackenzie and guest host Daniel Sardella (of the Media Meltdown network’s Focus on Film podcast) cast their critical eyes over three fang-tastic vampire films: Roman Polanski’s 1967 horror-comedy THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (a.k.a. DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES), Kathryn Bigelow’s haunting 1987 vampire-western NEAR DARK, and Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s funnybone-tingling 2014 mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.

Three spooktacular horror DVDs and BDs are also up for grabs. Listen to the end for details of how to enter the competition!

The music in this episode is from THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS by Krzysztof Komeda, NEAR DARK by Tangerine Dream, and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS by Norma Tanega. The intro and outro music was composed by Cevin Moore.

Special thanks to Cevin Moore, Alan @ Halloween Fury and Tristan Lofting for their opinions on our three featured movies. Happy Halloween, everybody! Be scared but be safe.


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Movie Matters #35 - Halloween Special VI

Sunday, 15 November, 2015

Movie Matters Podcast

For this, the sixth annual Movie Matters Halloween special, Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie welcome back to the hosting chair Demented Danman aka Focus on Film’s Daniel Sardella. On this occasion we give our autumnal ‘frightivities’ a twist of yellow as we hand-pick three gialli to dissect and discuss.

The movies under the analytical knife in this ‘Gialloween’ triple bill are: Paolo Cavara’s stylishly sadistic THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA (1971), Massimo Dallamano’s undeniably sleazy but still deeply affecting ‘schoolgirls in peril’ mystery WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (1972), and finally an ‘American giallo’, the deliriously unhinged and highly controversial psychosexual thriller DRESSED TO KILL (1980), directed by Movie Matters favourite Brian De Palma.

Slipper Jack's All Giallos Eve

In between the featured reviews, we also catch up on what other gialli and horror films we’ve seen in the month of October and any 2015 horror movie highlights seen recently.

We’d like to thank friend of the podcast and author Troy Howarth for again supplying us with insightful written contributions and all of the Movie Matters community who kindly shared their Halloween horror viewing experiences with us. Plus we’re delighted to belatedly share the ‘All Giallo’s Eve’ spirit by including some fantastic artwork designed by Movie Matters logo creator Rich Wells. We surely speak for many when we wish we could have bundled round to Rich’s house to join him in watching these gialli and sip J&B as we play an unmistakably Italian variant of Top Trumps!

Slipper Jack's All Giallos Eve

The music in this episode is sampled from HALLOWEEN by John Carpenter, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? and THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA by Ennio Morricone, and DRESSED TO KILL by Pino Donaggio.


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Movie Matters #27 - Halloween Special V

Friday, 31 October, 2014

Movie Matters Podcast

For the fifth annual Movie Matters Halloween special, podcast founders and regular hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie cede control of the ghoulish proceedings to Demented Danman, a.k.a. Daniel Sardella. In keeping with tradition, the three partners-in-crime cast a leering eye over three ghastly horror treats: Robert Wise’s 1963 chiller THE HAUNTING, Sean Byrne’s 2009 EVIL DEAD-inspired horror-comedy THE LOVED ONES, and Richard Bates Jr.’s 2012 Cronenbergian body shocker EXCISION. In addition, they also discuss some of 2014’s horror-themed highlights, both in cinemas and on Blu-ray.

The music in this episode is sampled from HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, THE LOVED ONES by Kasey Chambers, HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER by John Ottman, EXCISION by Nina Nastasia, UNDER THE SKIN by Mica Levi, and HALLOWEEN II by The Chordettes.


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Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 4 - Welcome Dan, the Man with the Fitted Shirt

Sunday, 8 June, 2014

Movie Matters [Music]

We bring you the latest instalment of the Movie Matters [Music] podcast -- the spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate. If you’ve an avid appreciation of film scores or perhaps more simply a passing interest in the art of film music, hopefully this fourth volume of Movie Matters [Music], consisting of another eclectic mix of composers’ work, will offer something of interest for you.

Lee is thrilled to welcome friend of the Movie Matters podcast, and recurring guest host, the musical maestro himself, Mr. Daniel Sardella (Focus On Film, The Fitted Shirt) onto the show for his Movie Matters [Music] debut. We kick off proceedings by hearing more about Dan and his podcasting and musical endeavours. We then reveal more of our tastes in film scores by sharing and discussing a mixture of chosen tracks from a variety of composers.

As is our custom, we’ve deliberately omitted the track listing from this post in an attempt to keep the soundtrack choices a surprise. On that note, beware of reading the “links for reference” below if you do not wish to see any potential spoilers. However, the curious can find full details via iTunes by clicking the “i” icon -- including information about additional music and audio clips featured in this episode. (Alternatively, send us an email and we can provide you with a full breakdown.)

Feedback from our listeners is always welcome and appreciated. So please feel free to get in touch -- moviematterspodcast@gmail.com -- and let us know your thoughts on this episode/the film music we featured. Moreover, why not request a track you’d like to hear on a future Movie Matters [Music] instalment? Please include details of the composer, the track name, the film/soundtrack the piece is from and most importantly why you like it. Many thanks in advance.


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Disclaimer: All music used in this podcast is for preview/evaluation purposes and we urge you to purchase the tracks you liked or better still the full motion picture scores.

Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 3 - The Name’s Del Toro, Jake Del Toro

Sunday, 18 May, 2014

Movie Matters [Music]

Welcome back to another instalment of the Movie Matters [Music] podcast -- the spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate. Whether you’re a film score connoisseur or simply a casual fan of film music, this is the show for you.

On this third volume, Lee is delighted to introduce guest co-host Jake Del Toro (Q Branch - A James Bond Podcast). In honour of having our first listener appearance on the Movie Matters [Music] format, we begin with some brief background into Jake’s experiences and tastes pertaining to film music. We then discuss a variety of composers work as we share a selection of chosen tracks from some of our best loved film scores.

As is our custom, we’ve deliberately omitted the track listing from this post in an attempt to keep the soundtrack choices a surprise. On that note, beware of reading the “links for reference” below if you do not wish to see any potential spoilers. However, the curious can find full details via iTunes by clicking the “i” icon -- including information about additional music and audio clips featured in this episode. (Alternatively, send us an email and we can provide you with a full breakdown.)

Feedback from our listeners is always welcome and appreciated. So please feel free to get in touch -- moviematterspodcast@gmail.com -- and let us know your thoughts on this episode/the film music we featured. Moreover, why not request a track you’d like to hear on a future Movie Matters [Music] instalment? Please include details of the composer, the track name, the film/soundtrack the piece is from and most importantly why you like it. Many thanks in advance.


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Disclaimer: All music used in this podcast is for preview/evaluation purposes and we urge you to purchase the tracks you liked or better still the full motion picture scores.

Movie Matters #23 - Halloween Special IV

Thursday, 16 January, 2014

Movie Matters Podcast

After an unavoidable hiatus, the Movie Matters podcast returns, better late than never, for its fourth annual Halloween special. Joining co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie once again is special guest Daniel Sardella. The trio look at an eclectic line-up of frightful festivities, starting with Michael Stephenson’s 2012 Halloween Documentary THE AMERICAN SCREAM before going on to explore Stuart Gordon’s 1986 cult classic FROM BEYOND and ending with Rob Zombie’s controversial 2012 tale of demonic possession, THE LORDS OF SALEM. Also discussed are Halloween traditions and viewing habits, as well as a rundown of recent horror-themed Blu-ray releases of note.

Featuring music from HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (John Carpenter and Alan Howarth), FROM BEYOND (Richard Band), HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN II (John Carpenter), and THE LORDS OF SALEM (John 5 and Griffin Boice).


Links for reference:

  • Kentai Films’ comments on the HALLOWEEN 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc’s video and audio
  • Synapse Films’ post about the restoration of DEMONS and DEMONS 2

Movie Matters #17 - Halloween Special III

Wednesday, 31 October, 2012

Movie Matters Podcast

All Hallows’ Eve descends on the Movie Matters podcast as co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie, accompanied by special guest Daniel Sardella, brave the terrors of three spine-tingling horror movies in the show’s third annual Halloween special: Ti West’s THE INNKEEPERS, the horror anthology THE THEATRE BIZARRE, and Richard Donner’s classic THE OMEN.

This episode also features Movie Matters’ first ever competition, open to all listeners worldwide. Listen to the show for details on how to win a Blu-ray Disc of one of the films covered in a previous episode...

The music sampled in this episode is from THE THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Danny Elfman, THE INNKEEPERS by Jeff Grace, THE THEATRE BIZARRE by Pierre Marchand and THE OMEN by Jerry Goldsmith.


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Movie Matters #12 - Brian De Palma Special

Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

Movie Matters Podcast

In this episode of the Movie Matters podcast, regular co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie are joined by special guest Daniel Sardella to discuss the films of Brian De Palma. The three hosts cast an eye over three of the equally celebrated and derided filmmaker’s most infamous thrillers - SISTERS, BLOW OUT and BODY DOUBLE - and induct another Blu-ray transfer into the Movie Matters Hall of Fame.

The music sampled in this episode is all from THE UNTOUCHABLES by Ennio Morricone, FEMME FATALE by Ryuichi Sakamoto, SISTERS and OBSESSION by Bernard Herrmann, and RAISING CAIN, BLOW OUT and BODY DOUBLE by Pino Donaggio.

Movie Matters #8 - Giallo Special

Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Movie Matters Podcast

In this special giallo-themed episode of the Movie Matters podcast, regular hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie welcome special guest and giallo enthusiast Sandy “The Gialli Fan” Richardson of the Dark Dreams web site to discuss that unique brand of Italian murder-mystery thrillers from the 70s. In addition to delving into three films by the “big three” giallo directors - Mario Bava’s BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, Lucio Fulci’s DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING and Dario Argento’s DEEP RED - Lee, Michael and Sandy also count down the top 10 giallo films as submitted by the listeners, reveal their own personal favourites and suggest some must-have giallo DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases.

Please note that this podcast contains spoilers for the films featured.

The music sampled in this episode is from DEEP RED (Giorgio Gaslini and Goblin), OPERA (Claudio Simonetti), BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (Carlo Rustichelli), THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH (Nora Orlandi), DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING (Riz Ortolani), WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (Ennio Morricone), STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER (Berto Pisano), THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS (Bruno Nicolai) and THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (Ennio Morricone). Special thanks to David Mackenzie for audio support.

Movie Matters: call for giallo lists

Monday, 23 May, 2011

We (Michael & Lee) are planning on recording the next episode of the Movie Matters podcast in the first week of June, along with our good friend Sandy, a.k.a. The Gialli Fan at Dark Dreams. As befits Sandy’s nickname, this will be a giallo special, beginning with a discussion of the genre, followed by reviews/discussions of three films.

We would like listeners to submit their three favourite gialli in order of preference, so if you’d like to participate, please add a reply to this topic. The plan would be to read out as many of these lists on air as possible.

Movie Matters #2 - Halloween Special

Monday, 1 November, 2010

Movie Matters Podcast

All Hallows’ Eve descends on the all-new Movie Matters podcast as co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie and special guest Rich Birkett of the Dedicated To Gamers podcast discuss three spooky seasonal treats: The House of the Devil, Trick ‘r Treat and The Exorcist. We also recommend five particularly impressive Blu-ray horror releases.

The music sampled in this episode is from Suspiria (Goblin), The House of the Devil (Jeff Grace), Trick ‘r Treat (Douglas Pipes), The Exorcist (Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells), Halloween (John Carpenter) and The Descent (David Julyan). Special thanks to David Mackenzie for audio support.